MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING - JULY 26, 2016
meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 26th
day of July, 2016, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
call was taken with the following members present: Council member
Wohlers, Solvie, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, City Attorney Jordan and Police Chief
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 7/12/16 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Miller moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 7/12/16 regular
meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 7/12/16
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese added the following items to the agenda: 1)Pay Estimate
#4-Par Piping 2)Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contingent Notice
of Award of Contract for the Water Treatment Plant Project 3) Sale of 2001 E350
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Estimate #1 - Riley Brothers (Oregon Avenue)
Tourism Board Minutes
& Expenditure Report
for Exempt Permit - Humane Society
Estimate #4 - Par Piping (DENCO project)
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report from American Legion: Council
member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to accept the gambling application
from the American Legion. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion
Resolution Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the 2016 Reclaim Project:
Hill stated with the retirement of the city’s engineer the city has to figure
out how to handle reclaims for the future. Hill explained he has been
working with Jeff Kuhn of WSN and they came up with a plan but it would need to
be bid out. Hill indicated it needs to get done because there are a lot
of roads that need work. The list of potential reclaim roads was
reviewed. Hill noted the road that strikes him as being difficult to deal
with is North Ridge Drive. There was an original estimate of $100,000 for
a road that only has 6 houses. Hill stated the city has to look at how
much money it has available and where it’s going to be used.
Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the 2016 Reclaim Project: (continued)
stated that road is still part of Morris even though there are only 6 houses
there and sooner or later it’s going to have to be done. Road width for
upcoming projects was discussed. Hill stated that people like what they
have and will argue to keep the roads wider but there is a cost to doing
be opened at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18th at City Hall.
member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3403-7-16,
Resolution Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the 2016 Reclaim Project.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
carried. The council further moved to include Green River Road and North
Ridge Drive as alternates on the bid.
Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contingent Notice of Award of Contract for
the Water Treatment Plan Project: Hill indicated the city had a bid for a new water
treatment plant that was good until June and at that point the company decided
they would keep it open until July. Hill stated at this time he is asking
the council to accept the bid for the water treatment plant, contingent upon
financing from the Public Facilities Authority. Kris Swanson of Bolten
& Menk was present at the meeting and stated there is very little risk in
doing this and it helps the contractor so their suppliers hold on to the
pricing they received. The legislature is talking about holding a special
session the 3rd week of August so the city would know more at that
stated it is not likely the legislature would hold a special session after that
time. If the funding comes through construction could start in September.
member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3404-7-16,
Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contingent Notice of Award of
Contract for the Water Treatment Plant.
discussion was held on the funding for the project.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was
informational for the council.
of Public Auction of Forfeited Properties: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Wohlers, to approve the sale of parcels for public auction as presented
by the County Auditor. Motion carried.
2011 Chevrolet Impala, Engineering Office Furniture and Ford E350 Van: Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Solvie, to authorize the sale of a 2011 Chevy Impala, a 2001
Ford E350 van and office furniture from the engineering office. Motion
Model & Green Step City: This was informational for the
This was informational for the council.
for Law Enforcement:
Hill noted there would be an appreciation picnic for law enforcement on
Tuesday, August 2nd from 4:00-6:00 at East Side Park.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:11 p.m.